Mayor/Council

2021-2022 City Council


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7:00 PM on the 2nd day after council meetings (Wednesday if council is on a Monday, or Thursday if council is on a Tuesday.)
10:00 AM on the 3rd day after council meeting (Thursday if council is on a Monday, or Friday if council is on a Tuesday.)
Noon on the Saturday following a council meeting.

Eric Haas Updated PictureMAYOR: Eric Haas
Eric Haas began serving on City Council in 1997. He is retired from his family’s business, National Band & Tag Co.  He is the co-founder and co-owner of the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Pittsburgh, and Columbus.   He and his wife, Jan, have 3 children; Lan, Ryan, and Erin, and 7 grandchildren.  Eric is a graduate of Highlands High School, 1974, and Hanover College, 1978. He is a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Newport.
He currently serves on the US Bank Board of Advisors Cincinnati, the River Cities Government Coalition, the Campbell Leadership Action Group, Hanover College Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Fort Thomas Lions Club. He is a former Newport City Commissioner and a former chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the Kentucky State Chamber Board of Directors.  He also helps Jan and their daughter, Erin, with Trent Montessori.

COUNCILMEMBER: Ken Bowman
E-mail: kbowman@ftthomas.org
Ken is a long time resident of Fort Thomas.  He was the founder of Bowman’s Framing in 1988 and operated that Fort Thomas business for thirty years.  The business was sold in 2018 and is still in operation under new ownership.  The sale made it possible for Ken to focus his efforts on real estate sales, which began in 2005 with Huff Realty where he is still an associate today.
Ken is committed to building community having served on the Fort Thomas Renaissance Board and on the Fort Thomas Business Association Board of Directors.  Ken also served on the Fort Thomas Midway steering committee and the Campbell County PVA assessment appeals board.  Other volunteer work includes mentoring, starting with North Key in 2000.  He also belongs to a number of real estate and professional trade associations.
Ken currently serves on the Public Utilities and Buildings Committee, the Law, Labor and License Committee and is Chair of the Public Works Committee.

COUNCILMEMBER: Jeff Bezold
Email: jbezold@ftthomas.org
Jeff and his wife Denise are raising their three girls Lily, Isabella and Harper. He is a life long resident of the city, is a graduate of Highlands High School and has a B.S. from Western Kentucky University.

 

He works in the Medical Device Industry and has a passion for purchasing/rehabbing houses in Fort Thomas and surrounding cities.

This is Jeff’s fourth term on council. He is the Chair of the Recreation Committee and a member of both the Finance Committee and the Public Safety Committee.


COUNCILMEMBER:  Adam Blau
Email:  ablau@ftthomas.org
Adam is a lifelong resident of Fort Thomas and a graduate of Highlands High School.  He resides in the city with his wife, Hilary.

 

This is Adam’s second term on city council.   Adam has volunteered his time on several committees including the Sesquicentennial Celebration, Merchants and Music Festival, and was the Co-chair for the Fort Thomas Renaissance Board where he helped create the annual Veteran’s Day memorial event.

Adam is a member of the Fort Thomas Business Association and the Independence Business Association; and is the business owner of two retail businesses in Northern Kentucky.

Adam is Chair of the Public Safety Committee as well as a member of the Public Works and Recreation committees.


COUNCILMEMBER:  Lisa Kelly
Email:  lkelly@ftthomas.org
Bio coming soon!
 

COUNCILMEMBER:  Connie Grubbs
Email:  cgrubbs@ftthomas.org
Connie and her husband, Zack, live in the middle of town where they are raising two children who attend (and adore) Ruth Moyer Elementary. They have lived in Fort Thomas since 2012 and are grateful to have such a wonderful place to raise a family.

 

Connie holds a Bachelors degree in Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Masters of Theatrical Design and Production from the College-Conservatory of Music at UC. She works as an opera stage manager and has experience at some of the top opera houses in the country including Washington National in DC and the Lyric in Chicago.

She is looking forward to continuing to build community and leveraging her behind the scenes skills for the people of Fort Thomas. 

Connie currently serves as the Chair of the Law, Labor and License Committee and is a member of the Public Utilities and Buildings Committee, and the Public Works Committee.


COUNCILMEMBER:  Ben Pendery

 

Email:  bpendery@ftthomas.org

Ben was raised in Fort Thomas and graduated from Highlands High School in 2005. After obtaining a B.A. in Political Science from Denison University in 2009, Ben moved home in 2013 to pursue a career in sales and re-establish his roots in town.

Ben is passionate about public service and grateful to learn leadership, fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of the public trust from elected officials on the local, state and national levels.

This is Ben’s first term on Council. He is Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Law, Labor & License and Public Safety Committees.

Ben is a member of the Fort Thomas Lions Club and Christ Church UCC.

Ben is engaged to be married to his fiancé, Devin, in June 2021.

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